This Week In History: Wk 45 (9 November 1989)
The Berlin Wall Falls
For the first time since it was built in 1961, free movement is allowed through the Berlin Wall.
In 1989, people were allowed to move freely through checkpoints in the Berlin Wall for the first time since it was built in 1961. The wall was intended to prevent the movement of people between communist East Berlin and capitalist West Berlin. Its subsequent destruction became a powerful symbol of the end of the "Cold War".
checkpoint (noun): place where a person's identity and papers are checked by the authorities
intend (verb): have in mind; plan
communist (adjective): in accordance with the idea of collective, not private, ownership
capitalist (adjective): operating according to the idea of private ownership
subsequent (adjective): coming next in time; following
destruction (noun): the breaking down of something that was previously built
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey